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Galaxy Mega 2 launching at AT&T on Friday

Galaxy Mega 2 launching this week

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is launching in the US at AT&T on October 24, after it was officially launched on several Asian markets. AT&T has just announced that it would start selling the Galaxy Mega 2 starting Friday with various data plans. The Galaxy Mega 2 price will be $150 with a 2 year contract, $19.80 per month with Next 18, $23.75 per month with Next 12 and $475 off-contract. While the Galaxy Mega 2 is a bit pricey, it doesn’t sport flagship specs nor an outstanding design.

Being the successor to last year’s Galaxy Mega, the Galaxy Mega 2 sports a slightly smaller, 6 inch 720p display. The Galaxy Mega 2 specs include a quad core 1.5 GHz CPU, backed by 1.5 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory, expandable via microSD card. The Galaxy Mega 2 camera is an 8 MP rear shooter with LED flash and a 2.1 MP selfie-camera. The Galaxy Mega 2 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, with the usual TouchWiz UI that brings a one-handed mode, private mode, dual windows, ultra power saving mode. You will get a 2800 mAH battery in the device, which should make for a day or so of mixed use.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 launching on Friday
Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 launching on Friday

Samsung has had enormous success with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note 4 is praised for its great screen, fast charging and long-lasting battery life, while the Note Edge brings a hanging screen to the picture. The Galaxy Mega 2, on the other hand, is a mid-range device which doesn’t bring anything new to the Samsung portfolio, save for the large screen real estate. While the phone is a bit pricey, we are curious to see how it will be performing in the long run. The Galaxy Mega 2 will have to face competitors like the innovative Sharp Aquos Crystal which has just been launched and you can get it for $150 contract-free, and it sports similar specs to the Galaxy Mega 2.

Samsung has been pretty absent from the mid-range market recently, but it seems that its absence won’t be for long, since the Galaxy Mega 2 will fit right into this category. If you like phablets and enjoy using the one-handed mode TouchWiz can offer, the Galaxy Mega 2 is a decent mid-range option. For those of you who value design and performance more, maybe you should check out the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 4, which are high-end flagships. While the Galaxy Mega 2 isn’t the worst Samsung can do, we would have liked to see at least a few design tweaks compared to the first generation Galaxy Mega. Samsung is continuously and rapidly expanding its portfolio to meet the growing competition, but maybe the Galaxy Mega 2 isn’t the way to go. The new clamshell Galaxy Golden 2, on the other hand, seems like a promising device. What do you think about the Galaxy Mega 2? Would you rather get the phablet or opt for a different one?

About Egon Kilin

My life-long dream has been to test out every gadget on the market! Considering the fact that I've rapidly destroyed almost every gadget I've had so far, I'm not inclined to owning something, so my ideal outcome would be to have a different gadget each month. I'm really into smartphones, wearables and tablets and I love Playstation and Xbox, I'm sure I'll beat you at your own game (after a month of training... or two)

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